Six new Board Members sworn into office
“I am deeply honored and humbled to assume the Speakership of this great institution and I pledge to work in the best interests of the 700,000 people who call Will County home,” Winfrey said. “ Ours is a thriving, vibrant and growing county that holds much untapped potential for strong economic growth and I aim to direct that growth toward a higher standard of living and a better quality of life for our citizens.”
Winfrey was first elected to the county board in 2009. She is a long-time resident of the city of Joliet and she attended Joliet public schools. Winfrey also holds leadership positions with the National Association of Counties (NACo). She is currently the vice-chair of the Large Urban Counties Caucus, vice-chair of the Community Economic Workforce Development Steering Committee, and a member of the Membership Committee. She is also a membership ambassador. Assisting Winfrey as majority leader will be Mark Ferry (D- Plainfield).
Mike Fricilone (R-Homer Glen) was selected by the Republicans to lead the minority caucus.
As Chair of the Capital Improvements Committee Winfrey was proud to work with the city of Joliet and Will County on the new courthouse which is being built in her district. The new health department will be built in the next few years and Winfrey looks forward to ushering in a new facility and the value that it will bring to residents.
Winfrey attended Joliet public schools and did her undergraduate work at Lewis University. She received a master of science at American University in Washington, D. C., and conducted her post grad work at Gestalt Institute of Cleveland at Case Western Reserve.
Six other newly elected board members were also sworn into office Monday including : Julie Berkowicz of Naperville, Mimi Cowan of Naperville, Amanda Koch of Frankfort, Meta Mueller of Aurora, Joe Van Duyne of Wilmington, and Rachel Ventura of Joliet.